Known as the 'Venice of the North', Amsterdam is criss-crossed by an impressive network of over 100km of canals. Hence, a canal cruise is one of the main Amsterdam attractions, and it's easy to see why - bobbing gently along the water, you're perfectly placed to get a feel for the city and catch many of its major sights, which is why we're classing this as a Holland travel 2016 essential.
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These meaty deep-fried balls have a crunchy outer with a deliciously gooey filling, making them one of the most popular beer snacks in the country. Eat them dipped in mustard, just like the locals.
In terms of street food, the French fry is king in the Netherlands, and there is perhaps nothing more quintessentially Dutch than a paper cone of piping hot crispy fries slathered heavily with mayonnaise. Other popular toppings - curry sauce with chopped raw onions - are also worth a try.
Holland's answer to sushi, raw herring is sold at fish stands throughout the country. Eat it served on a plate cut into chunks with raw onions and pickles on the side, or tackle it the traditional way - grab it by the tail, dip it in onions then pop it in your mouth whole. It's said to be a great hangover recipe, but we'll let you judge that one for yourselves.
This hearty dish is Dutch comfort food at its best. It's a mash of potatoes with a combination of other vegetables (take your pick from the likes of carrot, onion, kale, sauerkraut, spinach and endive) and is usually served with rookworst, a smoked Dutch sausage, and plenty of gravy.
Stroopwafels are made from two thin layers of baked dough, with a syrupy caramel filling in between. Balanced over the top of a cup of tea or coffee until the biscuit softens and the filling melts, they make a delicious teatime snack.